Lake Erie Center

Program Timeline

Date  Program Activity and Events
March 22  Applications due from prospective students
April 12   Acceptance letters emailed
April 22  Commitment letters from prospective students due;
 Waiting list students notified
May 28  Students move into dorm
Week 1;
 May 28-31

 Orientation week, site visits, group bonding experience

  • May 29: Meet & Greet, pre-program survey, program overview, Lake Erie shoreline field trip
  • May 30-31: Field trips including terrestrial system, aquatic system, and boat trip.
  • May 31: Project planning with REU students, graduate student mentors & faculty mentors
Weeks 2-8;
 June 3-
 July 15

Data collection and weekly workshops to build research skills

>Students work in research labs or in the field with faculty and graduate student mentors
>Wed. 12 pm each week: REU luncheon for all team members at the Lake Erie Center
>Wed. 1 pm each week, all REU team members: REU students give update on their progress; a graduate student mentor gives a short presentation on their thesis research 
>Wed. 2-4:30 pm each week: Joint project mentoring on the following topics, presented by a different faculty mentor each week:Week 2: Developing hypotheses, conducting literature reviews; brief tour LEC research labs

  • Week 3: Experimental design; Cultural Experiences Icebreaker
  • Week 4: Resumé writing, job interview skills, and STEM career panel
  • Week 5: Data analysis 
  • Week 6: Writing a scientific paper
  • Week 7: Giving effective oral and poster presentations
  • Week 8: Graduate school Q&A panel with faculty and graduate student mentors
Week 9;
 July 22-26
  • REU student project data analyses workshops led by graduate student mentors
  • Poster presentation & paper writing help sessions
Week 10;
 July 29-Aug. 2
  • REU student poster show & reception for faculty, students, agency personnel, community partners, visitors (Wednesday, July 31)
  • REU student papers due Friday, August 2
  • End of program evaluation exit survey Friday noon, followed by capstone lunch picnic
Following Academic Year Monthly, virtual mentoring sessions for REU students led by a faculty and graduate student mentor, focused on preparing REU students’ papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals
2019-2022  Annual tracking of REU students, publications, output, careers
Last Updated: 6/30/19